Investing in Recruiting

The other day I went out for a 4+ hour interview loop at a company here in Seattle. Regarding the amount of time I gave up, reaction among friends ranged from neutral to “I would never work at a company that asked me to give up that much time for an interview.”

My gut reaction is different. I WANT to work at an organization that invests in its recruiting process. Remember, I am not the only person who gave up time – the four people I met with also gave up their time to interview me. Further, unlike some other companies, where interview prep consisted of glancing at my resume while starting the small talk, these people were prepared, and they knew their roles in the interview process. One person grilled me hard to see how I dealt with pressure and no-win situations. One person dug deep on my technical knowledge. One person assessed my interpersonal / soft skills. One person judged my fit for the specific role, my ceiling, and my interest in contributing. In between they conferred, presumably to share thoughts and decided if this was to be a short-circuit loop or not (it wasn’t).

Recruiting is just one of the ways that a company can try to ensure that they get the best employees who are most likely to succeed (organizational culture is another; onboarding is yet another; the review process, in whatever form that takes, is yet another). I believe that all are important and worthy of conscious investment, because I believe that people are a competitive advantage.

S2, S1, G1

The Seattle Sounders’ USL team – Sounders FC 2, or just S2 – played their season opener last night, and clubbed defending USL champions Sacramento, 4-2.

I didn’t think that we played that well in the first half, but our second half performance was full of energy and directness. Andy Craven and Sam Garza both outfought the Republic CBs for a scrappy goals to take and then retake the lead, and an exciting 70th minute free kick off-the-keeper-off-the-post-off-the-keeper by Pablo Rossi effectively sealed the game. However, it was Cristian Roldan’s 89th minute stunner off the break that was most memorable. Victor Mansaray broke into space down the left and, using the outside of his right boot, hit a tremendous cross past the sprinting defenders and right into the path of Roldan, who thumped it home.

The atmosphere was loud and cheekily obnoxious. ECS showed up with flags and banners and smoke and drums and sang on and off throughout the match.

I have an inkling that the main field is a little small; either that or Charlie Lyon has a cannon for a leg. I can’t find any field dimensions reported anywhere, so it’s hard to say.

Getting Started is the Hardest Part

I thought that getting back into a frequent blogging routine would be easy. Turns out it’s not so easy. I’m not sure why.

I’m doing lots of semi-interesting stuff lately with tech, including the Raspberry Pi, Python, C, Linux, AWS, and Java, but a particular topic doesn’t jump out at me.

I’ll have to ponder this one for a bit.

First (New) Post

After a hiatus, The Pursuit of a Life is back online. For whatever reason, regular blogging took a backseat for the last couple years. I’m back! I intend to make this a regular habit, posting mostly about tech, startups, news, innovation, entrepreneurship, politics, and anything else that I find interesting.

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